From Ambedkar in India to the Gypsies in Hungary: Sangha Night 23rd October

the first mitra ceremony in Hungary, 2006
Expressing the Bodhisattva Ideal in the world:
Ambedkar and the Gypsies in Hungary
 

After a lifetime’s work campaigning to liberate Untouchables from the horrors of the caste system in India, Dr. Ambedkar, born an Untouchable himself,  came to the conclusion the Buddha and his Dhamma was the way forward to freedom, not only for Untouchables, but for all humankind.Join us next Tuesday night to hear from the Gypsy people themselves (their preferred term) how Ambedkar’s Dhamma revolution has ignited their own pathway to liberation. Come along and see how Ambedkar’s catch-cry ‘educate, agitate, organise’ is being brought alive by the Gypsies in present-day Hungary.

The greatest thing that the Buddha has done is to tell the world that it cannot be reformed except by the reformation of the mind of the individual and the mind of the world.” Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

Weekly Sangha Night commences every Tuesday evening at 6.45pm at
96 Halifax St in the city. Everyone welcome.

Celebrating Dr Ambedkar

Celebrating Dr Ambedkar
Sangha Night 16 Oct
6.45pm at 96 Halifax St

Every year on and around October 14th, hundreds and thousands of Indians and other practitioners in the Triratna Buddhist community give thanks, celebrate and rejoice in the life of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. On that date in 1956, having been born an untouchable in the Hindu caste system, Ambedkar renounced Hinduism and became instead a follower of the Buddha’s teachings. On that same day, nearly 400,000 Indian men and women also turned their backs on a millennium of degradation and slavery and converted to Buddhism along with their leader.

This is a remarkable story of a truly remarkable human being, and Sangharakshita and Triratna are at the heart of this story in its unfolding since the sudden death of Ambedkar, only a few short weeks after his conversion.

Join us in Adelaide Triratna on Tuesday evening, to hear about one of the greatest modern Buddhist thinkers and social activists and how his revival of Buddhism in the land of its birth lives on today. Everyone welcome.

The Wheel of Life – a weekend seminar with Buddhadasa

The Wheel of Life
a weekend seminar with Buddhadasa
Sat 17th and Sun 18th November
10am-1pm each day
96 Halifax St, Adelaide
 

The Wheel of Life is an image that symbolises without concepts or words the complexity of the human condition. By exploring each of the six realms from psychological, social and cosmic perspectives, we may come to understand how life works, who we are and what we need to do to move ourselves in the direction of true happiness for all beings.

The wheel is held in the hands of a demon, impermanence, which keeps everything moving, shifting and changing. What this means is that we can change for the better and a more satisfying life is possible…..but only if we embrace the fact of impermanence rather than struggling against it. Necessarily, this exploration will also include an investigation of the Buddhist doctrine of Re-birth.

Buddhadasa was ordained in 1972, only five years after Sangharakshita started a new Buddhist movement in England. He has been responsible for contributing to the establishment of a number of our centres around the world, from North London and Brighton in England to Helsinki, Finland and Melbourne, Australia, as well as working at both our centres in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand. Buddhadasa helped develop the men’s training retreat centre in England (Padmaloka) and he has served as Bhante’s personal secretary; more recently he has been part of Sangharakshita’s care-team at Adhisthana.

Buddhadasa is currently living at Gandhakuti, a men’s community in Melbourne and we are delighted he is able to visit us in November to lead our sangha in this weekend seminar. Register your place now with Dharmamodini on 0439839785. Dana contribution for the teachings $50, or whatever you feel you can give to support the activities of Adelaide Triratna. For those of you who can stay on for lunch, please bring a small quantity of vegan food to share.

“Turning Arrows into Flowers” – Triratna’s International Urban Retreat

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Triratna’s International Urban Retreat
a world-wide practice week in our international community
Saturday 22nd – Saturday 29th September, 2018
 

This year’s international urban retreat is focusing on the Dharma practice of turning difficulties into opportunities to transform ourselves! On the eve of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, sitting beneath the Bodhi tree, he was besieged by all kinds of challenges and doubts, what is traditionally spoken of as Mara’s attack. Mara personifies all that holds us back on the path to Awakening and there is Mara without – traffic jams, annoying people, difficult emails, all that we dislike and gets in our way – and there is Mara within – anger, frustration, blame, jealousy and so on. Our task as Buddhist practitioners is to turn these arrows into flowers, as the Buddha did, by recognising what is happening and transforming our states of mind, in the moment, in the situation, and thereby transform ourselves into more loving, kind and compassionate human beings.

An urban retreat is a creative opportunity to weave the teachings more deeply into our lives, sharing with others locally and online internationally. To take part in this retreat with the Adelaide sangha, you need to commit to attending two workshops on consecutive Saturdays, 22nd and 29th September, from 10am – 3pm. Participants meet together on the first Saturday to learn about the theme and decide their individual goals and aspirations. Through the week you maintain daily contact with a ‘buddy’ for mutual support and encouragement. On the second Saturday, we gather again to share our experiences and our learning with one another and rejoice in our efforts to transform ourselves day by day. The two workshop days will include periods of meditation and puja.

Internationally, there will be short talks (approx 20 min) on the theme available each day online, at the International Practice Week page on thebuddhistcentre.com

If you have any questions or want to discuss any aspects of this urban retreat, phone Dharmamodini 0439 839 785.

To register to take part with the Adelaide sangha, contact Dharmamodini on the above number.

Dana contribution $50, or whatever you feel you can give in support of Adelaide Triratna.

Join us this springtime for a week of inspiration and spiritual friendship, to invigorate your energies and enliven your being.

Full Moon Puja in celebration of Sangharakshita’s 93rd birthday

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of Sangharakshita’s 93rd birthday 

Tuesday 28th August

6.45pm at 96 Halifax St

Join us at Sangha Night next Tuesday for a full moon puja in honour of our founder and teacher, Bhante Sangharakshita.

The evening will start with a talk about Bhante’s personal journey with the Three Jewels, beginning at the age of 16 when he realised he was a Buddhist, through to the time of his founding a new Buddhist movement in England fifty one years ago. We will also hear a short talk by Sangharakshita himself, given at the time of launching the book The Essential Sangharakshita. Our celebration puja will follow on from the talk and refreshments and include readings and poetry by Sangharakshita.

All welcome.

Radical Dharma

20180819_205334Radical Dharma
Thursday evenings
4th Oct – 29th Nov

This is an eight week course introducing you to meditation and the Buddha’s teachings.

Where does happiness really come from?
What does meditation have to do with it?
Why be ethical?
What really is karma?
What is this Buddhist Path people go on about?

Come along to this course and learn about some of the most radical and transformative aspects of the Dharma, that is, the Buddha’s teachings. Then decide for yourself, is this for you?

The course runs over eight weeks in October and November, (with a week’s break half way through), on Thursday evenings, 7-9pm, at 96 Halifax St in the city.

Booking Essential contact Dharmamodini 0439 839 785
Contribution: $160/$120

Celebrating Dharma Day

Celebrating Dharma Day
on Sangha Night, 31st July
6.45pm at 96 Halifax St

45f563b1-8638-427a-b745-ee55414e7b17Around the full moon in July each year, we gather together to celebrate the gift of the Dharma, the Buddha’s Teachings, showing us the way to insight and wisdom, clarity and compassion; how to realise our full potential as human beings and live in harmony with all living beings and how things really are.

This year our celebrations will begin with a talk by Dharmamodini ‘Living the Dharma Around the World’, based on her recent experiences sharing in the Chairs’ Assembly at Adhisthana.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a prompt 6.45pm start. The talk will be followed by opportunity for questions and discussion, before special, home-made refreshments.

We will then share in a Sevenfold Puja, rejoicing in the Three Jewels and on this occasion, particularly rejoicing in the Dharma, that spans the globe, embracing all manner of diversity in its universal teachings.

Everyone welcome.

Reports and Reflections from Budhist Action Month June 2018

img_3888Adelaide Sangha has been focusing on themes emphasised by George Monbiot in ‘Out of the wreckage’, such as knowing your values. We have shared actions that most of us already practice that take account of the wellbeing of other beings. For example, we looked at minimising plastic packaging, going 100% vegan, providing resources for refugee families and rewilding (or revegetating/replanting) land that has been given over to grazing. Returning native flora enables vulnerable fauna to be maintained or re-introduced and this is one way of responding with creative loving-kindness to our continent. This also enables us to regain and retain an aspect of our commons. We have encouraged deeper consideration of the values that underlie these actions – raising these to a conscious level rather than settling into habituation or complacent familiarity. In this way we can extend the actions we are taking by truly valuing our values.

This week we will review the values that underlie our actions and see how they may help us to broaden and deepen our compassionate action in all our interactions. This will be based on the relationship of compassion and ‘emptiness’ or selflessness, as an answer to the feeling of overwhelm that many discussed experiencing. ‘Compassion is the activity of emptiness, the expression of selflessness. The more we understand the selfless nature, the more compassionate we are. The more compassion we have, the less self-reference there is, so we understand the empty nature better. Then Dharma practice really begins to feel integrated. We can practice this compassionate emptiness’ (Joseph Goldstein 2009). From this basis we also build opportunities for creating a new story or adding to a burgeoning one, that connects to our deeper nature and to nature itself.

Amidst all of this, our sangha noted that BAM is held around the mid-summer solstice in Europe, and mid-winter in the southern hemisphere. Mid-winter is often experienced as a time for reflection and taking stock which for us makes it more of a ‘Buddhist Reflection Month’ than an ‘Action Month’ in these short, cold days. All of this we can take as refreshed actions into spring.

Originally posted by Keryn Walshe on thebuddhistcentre.com

The Three Jewels – An Introduction to Buddhism

Current Theme for Sangha Night three_jewels_12
from Tuesday July 3rd  
96 Halifax Street, Adelaide

The Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha are called the Three Jewels because they represent the highest spiritual values in Buddhism. The Buddha represents the Ideal of Enlightenment, the Dharma is the teachings and practices that lead us towards it and the Sangha is the community of friends, teachers and inspirational figures from Buddhist history who offer us support and guidance as we journey along together.

Over the course of ten weeks we will explore what it means to turn our hearts and minds towards these ideals opening up new possibilities for development, evolution, and progress.

Our founder Sangharakshita said that there are ‘no higher teachings, just deeper understandings’, so there is value even for experienced practitioners in reexamining how our commitment to these ideals plays out in our daily lives, but this Tuesday night theme is also an ideal opportunity for newcomers to Buddhism to join us in exploring these values.

Start time is 6.45pm every Tuesday evening at 96 Halifax St in the city with meditation practice (with or without guidance) in the first half of the evening and then talks and discussion in the second half, finishing at 9pm. All welcome.

Buddha Day Tuesday 29th May

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Buddha Day Puja

Tuesday 29th May
6.45pm 96 Halifax St

As autumn rapidly changes into winter, we will gather to celebrate Buddha Day, the biggest festival in the Buddhist calendar, rejoicing in Siddhartha Gautama’s Awakening under the bodhi tree. This year our Buddha Day celebrations are a part of our BAM theme, transforming self, transforming world. When Gautama awakened to the truth of how things really are and began sharing his experience with whomever was interested to listen, he not only transformed himself, he started the Dharma revolution of our world age, setting rolling the wheel of the Dharma, that’s been rolling down through the ages ever since, transforming the world. The words and example of Gautama Buddha have affected billions of people.

Join us on Tuesday night when we will also be celebrating Tash’s mitra ceremony, a very joyous occasion for our sangha and the Triratna Buddhist Community.

Please note, the evening will have a different structure according to the outline below – times are approximate other than the prompt 6.45pm start; there will be no tea-break as such, but refreshments will be shared after the puja and before the close of evening. Also note there will be no Drop-In meditation session.

Everyone welcome.

6.30pm Doors open
6.45pm Meditation
7.15pm Introduction to Buddha Day
7.30pm Sevenfold Puja and Tash’s mitra ceremony
8.30pm Refreshments
9.00pm Farewells